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Old games for Windows 8 that are NOT full screen?

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I have a older lady, set in her ways.  She has a new Windows 8 computer and wants the old Windows 7 games.  From what I see so far it's suggested to download games from the Windows store.  The problem here is they all seem to be "full Screen" and she won't be able to get around in full screen.

Is there a way to install the old games on Windows 8 so they don't run in full screen ?

Thank You.
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You would need to look around for such games. There are a few. None have pushed me to download or purchase, so I just use the Metro games. Here is one such link

http://classic-solitaire-free-windows-8.en.softonic.com/
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Unfortunately, the answer is likely going to be use different games or wait for windows 9 which I *think* I read would be able to run Modern UI apps in windows.  If she still has the old windows 7 it may be possible to simple copy the executable and run it, though I'm not sure of the licensing implications.
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by:rindi
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There are some games similar to the solitaire games of previous Windows that come as portable apps, which itself is a super tool and free:

http://portableapps.com
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by:☠ MASQ ☠
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It is possible to port Win 7 games to Win 8.x, and they will work windowed, however as Win 8.x version checks them at launch they would all need patching to work (and x86/x64 patches would be different), leew is correct about the licensing issue, particularly with Chess Titans where the licence to distribute was withdrawn by the publishers (Oberon Games)  from Microsoft after Windows 7 was launched and so was never intended to be used in Win 8.x.

Lee is also correct that Win 9 will allow the included games to run windowed (this might just be included in a forthcoming presentation this week ;))

John's suggestion to use the free Metro downloads from the Windows Store is certainly the simplest and will cover all the solitaire games plus Minesweeper and Hearts.

I guess a lot will depend on what your customer is missing.
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One option is to use the program ModernMix to run the Windows Store apps in windows instead of Full Screen. It costs $5:
http://www.stardock.com/products/modernmix/
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Sorry for the delay.  Great suggestions.  Thank You.
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